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The cases of mystery fever are now being reported from Lucknow.

The cases of mystery fever are now being reported from Lucknow. More than 400 viral patients, including 40 children, have been admitted to various government hospitals in the state capital in the past two days. More than 20 per cent of patients in the OPD are complaining of fever, cold and congestion. While doctors term these cases as seasonal flu due to changing weather conditions, there is panic among the patients who fear that this may be the beginning of the third wave of the Covid pandemic.

There are instructions in the hospitals to not take patients in the OPD section without conducting a Covid antigen test. As per the hospitals, the number of viral patients has increased by about 15 per cent in the last week. In the third week of August, the number of fever victims was about 5 per cent. Hospitals like Balrampur Hospital, Civil Hospital and Lohia Institute have seen a surge in recent viral cases.

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Nearly 43 percent of the respondents were over 45 years of age (28 percent) as millennials (27 percent) and Gen Z (27 percent) admit that after the Covid pandemic, they would continue to use technology to stay connected.

A whopping 90 percent of people -- young and old alike -- feel that technology brought neighborhood communities together during the Covid pandemic, making it easier for them to address community issues seamlessly, cutting downtime and efforts, according to a report by community app MyGate.

The report titled 'Trust Circle' by MyGate involved participants from over 2,867 Indians of all ages across Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune. People depended on technology to keep up strong relations. WhatsApp video, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and Google Meet added a new meaning to staying connected and combating pandemic-induced loneliness.

Nearly 43 percent of the respondents were over 45 years of age (28 percent) as millennials (27 percent) and Gen Z (27 percent) admit that after the Covid pandemic, they would continue to use technology to stay connected with their ecosystem showcasing the acceptance of technology usage across generations, the report showed.

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"While technology has long been used to bring together people separated by large distances, in the pandemic, it brought neighbors closer together," Shreyans Daga - CTO & CoFounder, MyGate, told IANS.

"While technology has been in place in housing societies for some time, its usage was pretty limited to practical purposes like learning society rules or raising a complaint. In the pandemic, though, we've seen big changes in this regard. Participation in critical decisions, elections, society celebrations, events, and even in civic matters, most of these done virtually, is at an all-time high. In our research, 90 percent of respondents have said that technology has been crucial to bringing their community together," Daga added.

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The first human-rated unmanned GSLV-Mk III, the first of the two test flights, was scheduled to fly by the end of 2021.

The first test flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk III (GSLV Mk III) that will carry the Indian astronauts to space later will not happen this year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown said a top official of the Indian space agency. He also said most of the design and documentation activities have been completed for the rocket.

"Owing to the spread of coronavirus infection and the lockdowns across the countries, vendors are working at a lower capacity or closed which in turn has impacted the supply of components. Even our officials are working from home due to the lockdown," K. Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Secretary, Department of Space told IANS.

Pointing out ISRO opening the year 2021 with the successful launch of Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites he said the spread of Covid-19 and lockdowns curtailed the operations. The first human-rated unmanned GSLV-Mk III, the first of the two test flights, was scheduled to fly by the end of 2021. Taking the flight results another unmanned rocket would fly while the third rocket will carry the Indian astronauts.

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"Major design and documentation activities for the Ganganyaan project have been completed," Sivan added. An ISRO official had earlier told IANS that the crew module is under development and orders for 80 percent of the hardware have been placed.

According to the official, the static tests of the rocket's solid-fuel motor are slated this September, and liquid fuel engines will also be tested. Meanwhile, the four Indian astronauts returned to India this March after completing their training in Russia and will undergo different space mission-specific training in the country. Sivan also said ISRO is waiting to launch India's first Geo Imaging Satellite (GISAT-1) to be placed in geostationary orbit.

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AZD2816 will be given as two doses, four or twelve weeks apart.

British-Swedish biopharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca has in partnership with the University of Oxford rolled out human trials for booster shots against the Beta Covid variant.

The booster shot, named AZD2816, will be administered to individuals who have previously been fully vaccinated with two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine/Vaxzervia or an mRNA vaccine, at least three months after their last injection.

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